New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: Week 7

The Albany MVP so far this season - Keith Kinkaid - Jim McIsaac

Keith Kinkaid has been a monster in net for the Albany Devils. He has helped lead the team to a four game winning streak, and a six game streak of his own.

The Albany Devils are on another hot streak with fantastic goaltending and scoring from seven different players. The other prospects in juniors and college didn't have as strong of a week, and some were extremely disappointing. Keep reading for stats and standout notes.

Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Jon Merrill 1992 Albany AHL D 12 2 5 7 0.58 0 0 2 0 16 12.5
Joe Whitney 1988 Albany AHL LW 17 7 10 17 1.00 5 12 2 0 48 14.6
Scott Timmins 1989 Albany AHL C 12 5 8 13 1.08 4 6 2 0 29 17.2
David Wohlberg 1990 Albany AHL C 12 1 0 1 0.08 -3 8 0 0 9 11.1
Harri Pesonen 1988 Albany AHL LW 14 0 4 4 0.29 -1 12 0 0 40 0
Reid Boucher 1993 Albany AHL LW 17 6 8 14 0.82 4 2 1 0 55 10.9
Brandon Burlon 1990 Albany AHL D 16 1 2 3 0.19 -4 12 1 0 19 5.3
Eric Gelinas (X) 1991 Albany AHL D 5 1 2 3 0.60 2 4 1 0 20 5
Seth Helgeson 1990 Albany AHL D 17 0 2 2 0.12 0 30 0 0 12 0
Cam Janssen (X) 1984 Albany AHL RW 11 0 1 1 0.09 -2 15 0 0 2 0
Dan Kelly 1989 Albany AHL D 17 1 6 7 0.41 5 23 0 0 21 4.8
Stefan Matteau 1994 Albany AHL LW 16 2 2 4 0.25 -2 27 0 0 22 9.1
Chris McKelvie 1985 Albany AHL LW 17 2 3 5 0.29 -1 20 0 0 17 11.8
Corbin McPherson 1988 Albany AHL D 14 0 1 1 0.07 -1 15 0 0 5 0
Rod Pelley 1984 Albany AHL C 17 2 2 4 0.24 0 6 0 0 21 9.5
Tim Sestito 1984 Albany AHL C 17 2 3 5 0.29 -3 22 0 1 23 8.7
Mike Sislo 1988 Albany AHL RW 13 4 2 6 0.46 3 4 1 1 25 16
Darcy Zajac 1986 Albany AHL C 4 0 1 1 0.25 -3 12 0 0 2 0
Reece Scarlett 1993 Albany AHL D 15 1 2 3 0.20 3 6 1 0 23 4.3
Mike Hoeffel 1989 Albany AHL LW 13 2 1 3 0.23 -1 15 0 0 27 7.4
Kelly Zajac 1988 Albany AHL C 11 1 2 3 0.27 0 0 0 0 12 8.3
Riley Boychuk 1991 Albany AHL LW 5 1 0 1 0.20 0 0 0 0 2 50
Harry Young 1989 Elmira ECHL D 6 0 0 0 0.00 -2 2 0 0 7 0
Raman Hrabarenka 1992 Albany AHL D 6 0 2 2 0.33 -1 7 0 0 8 0
















Goalies



GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
Keith Kinkaid 1989 Albany AHL G 9 548:24:00 7 1 1 2 16 1.75 214 0.93
Scott Wedgewood 1992 Albany AHL G 7 390:28:00 3 4 0 0 17 2.61 139 0.891
Maxime Clermont 1991 Elmira ECHL G 4 236:00:00 0 4 0 0 15 3.81 98 0.867
Anthony Brodeur 1995 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL G 9 487:09:00 6 2 0 0 23 2.83 194 0.894
(X - not on active roster)














Player Birth Year Team League Position GP G A PTS PPG +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
Artur Gavrus 1994 Dinamo Minsk KHL C 16 1 2 3 0.19 1 4 0 0 17 5.88%
Vladimir Zharkov 1988 CSKA Moskva KHL RW 25 2 2 4 0.16 -3 4 0 0 42 4.76%
Graham Black 1993 Swift Current Broncos WHL C 27 15 18 33 1.22 9 22 6 2 - -
Myles Bell 1993 Kelowna Rockets WHL LW 18 9 8 17 0.94 9 23 1 0 - -
Damon Severson 1994 Kelowna Rockets WHL D 19 6 13 19 1.00 5 20 3 0 - -
Ben Johnson 1994 Windsor Spitfires OHL C 15 8 6 14 0.93 3 4 0 2 - -
Ben Thomson 1993 Kitchener Rangers OHL LW 12 3 3 6 0.50 -5 34 1 0 - -
Ryan Kujawinski 1995 Kingston Frontenacs OHL C 17 8 6 14 0.82 -3 16 2 0 - -
Blake Coleman 1991 Miami Ohio NCAA C 12 7 5 12 1.00 8 35 2 0 50 14.00%
Alexander Kerfoot 1994 Harvard University NCAA C 6 1 1 2 0.33 1 0 0 0 9 11.11%
Blake Pietila 1993 Michigan Tech NCAA LW 11 1 6 7 0.64 -3 25 1 0 29 3.45%
Derek Rodwell 1990 University of North Dakota NCAA LW 4 1 0 1 0.25 0 8 0 0 11 9.09%
Miles Wood 1995 Brown University NCAA LW - - - - - - - - - - -
Joe Faust 1991 University of Wisconsin NCAA D 8 0 6 6 0.75 7 0 0 0 7 0.00%
Curtis Gedig 1991 Ohio State University NCAA D 12 0 3 3 0.25 6 8 0 0 21 0.00%
Steve Santini 1995 Boston College NCAA D 10 1 3 4 0.40 9 36 - - 13 7.69%

Albany Notes:



    • In their fourth straight win and another shutout for Kinkaid, the Albany Devils defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-0 last night. It was Kinkaids seventh career shutout and is now the third goalie in Albany history to have six straight wins. Stefan Matteau, Reid Boucher, and Brandon Burlon scored the goals.
    • After being reactivated from injured reserves in New Jersey, Jon Merrill was returned to Albany instead of traveling with the Devils to California. Lamoriello wants Merrill to get back into a few games with Albany before he gets back into NHL action. He played his first game back last night.
    • Joe Whitney is scoring at a point-per-game pace after scoring a goal and tallying three assists this week.
    • For those questioning how Reid Boucher would do at the next level after a record-breaking season with the Sarnia Sting, he's doing quite well. He has 14 points (6G, 8A) in 17 games and is second on the team in scoring. He is also leading the team in shots on goal with 55.
    • Reece Scarlett scored his first pro goal last weekend. He's been solid for Albany so far this season - it was nice for him to get rewarded for his strong play.
    • Rostislav Olesz was placed on unconditional waivers yesterday so he could leave the Devils organization after receiving an offer to play in Switzerland. He felt he was ready for a regular NHL role and wasn't given one in New Jersey. Good luck to him in Switzerland.
    • Keith Kinkaid is a boss. He got his second shutout of the season last night, which was also his sixth win in a row.
    • The Record posted a cool article on Dan Kelly - an underappreciated defenseman in Albany. It's about his popularity in the locker room and his vital, yet all too often unnoticed role on the team.

    Other Notes:

    Prospect of the Week:

    You have to go with Keith Kinkaid. He was named the AHL Player of the Week and is currently the top goalie in the league with a .930 save percentage and 1.75 goal against average. He has six wins in a row and has a 7-1-1 record.

    He is really stepping up and showing his value to the Devils organization as Brodeur's career comes to an end. With a streaky team in Albany, he could be the rock that helps them push for a playoff spot for the first time in years. Kinkaid had this to say of his current streak,

    "I want to keep this going, You're hot and you want to just keep it going. It's a good streak so far and we'll see how long it lasts."


    Who stood out to you this week, good our bad? Do you think Kinkaid can keep up his strong play for another week? Which prospect are you getting the most excited about as the season progresses? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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